The Nomadic Network’s Romania Tour

August 2 - August 14, 2022

Romania is still relatively undiscovered compared to other countries in Europe and its charming historic cities and medieval architecture are inexpensive and rarely crowded. I had no idea what to expect when I first visited. I found a budget-friendly destination brimming with hearty food, amazing natural landscapes, and incredible people that blew me away.

Romania is one of Europe’s most underrated destinations. Brimming with a long and storied history, a lively nightlife, incredible natural landscapes, and charming historic towns and villages, Romania is a country that enthralls everyone. It has everything you’d find in Western Europe — but with fewer crowds and cheaper prices.

Romanians are a diverse, welcoming group that are eager to share their country. On this tour, you’ll meet endless locals and fully immerse yourself in the country through traditional workshops, home-cooked meals, and visits to out-of-the-way villages.

We’ll see magnificent hilltop castles, sprawling palaces, some of the best-preserved medieval villages on the continent, and the remote and bucolic Transylvanian countryside, offering breathtaking natural beauty in every direction. This tour is for people looking to see more than just the famous sites of Romania — it’s for travelers who want to also understand the country’s culture, history, and food.

With a focus on budget travel, we’ll visit my favorite areas in the country, meet exciting locals, and take fun day trips to places other tours don’t visit. If you’re the kind of person who wants a deeper, more authentic, more nuanced experience, this tour is for you.

Come join me (Nomadic Matt) for a fun-filled visit through one of the most underrated countries in Europe.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT: If you book your spot before June 1st, you’ll get $500 off with the code TNNTOUR.

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SPECIAL DISCOUNT: If you book your spot before June 1st, you’ll get $500 off with the code TNNTOUR.

To reserve your spot on a tour, a 40% deposit is required. This deposit is 100% refundable for 60 days (or until 90 days before the tour starts, whichever comes first).

Tour Itinerary

  • Arrival day
  • Orientation meeting
  • Group welcome dinner
  • Morning historic walking tour
  • Free afternoon to explore the city
  • Optional group dinner
  • Optional night out in the Old Town
  • Morning drive to Sinaia through the Prahova Valley
  • Visit to Peles Castle and Sinaia town
  • Arrival to Brasov
  • Optional group dinner
  • Morning historical walking tour
  • Free afternoon to explore the city
  • Optional group dinner
  • Morning trip to Bran Castle
  • Lunch in a local home
  • Free afternoon to explore the city
  • Optional group dinner
  • Morning drive to Sighisoara
  • Walking tour of the citadel and village
  • Afternoon drive to Cluj-Napoca
  • Optional group dinner and night out in town
  • Morning historical walking tour
  • Free afternoon to explore the city
  • Optional group dinner
  • Morning trip to the beautiful Turda Gorge and Turda salt mine (underground park)
  • Optional group dinner
  • Morning drive to Hunedoara
  • Visit to the Hunedoara Castle
  • Arrival to Sibiu
  • Optional group dinner
  • Morning walking tour of Sibiu’s Old Town
  • Free afternoon to explore the city
  • Optional group dinner
  • Free day to explore Sibiu
  • Optional group dinner
  • Return to Bucharest over the incredible Transfagarasan Highway
  • Visit to Dracula’s real castle (Poienari)
  • Arrival in Bucharest
  • Group farewell dinner
  • Departure Day

Tour Essentials

Accommodation

Accommodation is in hostel dorms with the option to have your own private room. Dorms are separated by gender to ensure safety and privacy.

Transport

During the trip, we’ll travel via public transportation including subways, buses, and intercity train lines. We travel like the locals do, not in big tour buses!

Meals

Daily breakfast, one lunch, and two dinners are included. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated with prior notice. Alcohol is not included.

Sustainability

we aim to offer as sustainable an experience as we can. The tap water is safe to drink so we encourage you to bring a water bottle. Trash is recycled whenever possible and we avoid mass tourism activities that cause harm to the environment and/or do not benefit local communities.

Small Groups

This tour requires a minimum of 10 participants and has a maximum of 15 participants in order to ensure the best small group tour experience. With such a small group, you’ll be able to enjoy unique, rewarding activities that would not be accessible with more people.

Expert guides

Your tour will be led by a licensed and local expert guide. Our guides are always on hand, every day of the trip, to provide additional information, create spontaneous activities, join the group for non-included activities and meals, and to ensure that the trip is as memorable, fun, and informative as possible.

What's Included

What’s Included

  • Accommodation for 12 nights
  • Transportation between destinations
  • All mentioned activities and entrance fees
  • Included meals listed above
  • Expert tour leader throughout the trip

What’s Not Included

  • Travel to/from the starting and ending points of the tour
  • Visa fees that may be required
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel insurance (which is required)
  • Optional activities and other activities not listed

FAQ

What are your COVID policies?
To ensure we comply with all entry and exit requirements in a simple and easy manner, we require all participants on these tours to be fully vaccinated.

What about COVID testing?
Should COVID testing be required as a condition of entry or exit, we will help you find testing locations, though you are responsible for the cost of the COVID test and for booking your own tests.

Tell me about your guides.
While Matt will also be on this trip, we’ll also have a local guide with us too. Our expert tour leaders are fully licensed local guides. They’ll be responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of the trip, handling all of the local logistics, and dealing with any unforeseen situations that may arise. Our tour leaders are always on hand, every day of the trip, to provide additional information, create spontaneous activities, join the group for non-included activities and meals, and ensure that the trip is as memorable, fun, and informative as possible.

Will I have any time to myself?
Of course! We hate tours that book every minute of your day. While we will be busy, there will also be plenty of time for you to explore on your own. Travel is about adventure and discovery, so we emphasize that on my tours. We want you to see stuff that interests you specifically.

What am I going to do during the listed “free time”?
Our guides will be on hand to give you suggestions, help you decide what to do, and be around. If you want to go off on your own, we get that. We want you to explore and break out of your comfort zone! Our guides are here to help and, after you join the tour, you’ll be sent a list of potential activities you can do on your own.

How many spots can I purchase at once?
Reservations on the tour are limited to a maximum of two per person to ensure that everyone who wants to gets a chance to go.

What kind of rooms are we staying in?
We will be staying in hostel dorm rooms: males in one room, females in another. If you are traveling as a couple or just want your own room, you can get a private room for an additional cost.

Is airfare provided?
No, you’ll be responsible for your own airfare to and from the tour.

Will I need travel insurance?
Yes, all guests will be required to have travel insurance for the duration of the trip. We’ll be asking for proof before departure. If you don’t have it, you won’t be able to continue on the tour.

Is there an age requirement?
You must be at least 18 years old.

Will I need to fill out any release forms?
Yes, you’ll be required to fill out and sign a liability waiver releasing Nomadic Matt, Inc. from any and all liability related to the tour.

What about visas?
If you require a visa to enter any of these destinations, you’ll need to get that in advance at your own expense. We do not offer any help in this area.

What if I change my mind? What is your refund policy?
We’ll cry, but We’ll understand. Plans change. The refund policy is as follows: Deposits 100% refundable for 60 days (or until 90 days before the tour starts, whichever comes first). Cancelations made between 90 – 60 days before the tour start date: 100% refund of the balance amount (the deposit is not included in the refund). Cancelations made between 59 – 31 days before the tour start date: 50% refund of the balance amount. Cancelations made from 30-1 days before the tour start date: 0% refund of the balance amount.

When is the balance due?
Payment is due in full 30 days after the date of deposit.

Is there a waiting list?
People sometimes rush to secure a spot but don’t always get the time off work and might need to cancel. Therefore, we have a waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to join the waitlist.

I still have questions. Can I contact you?
Of course! My email is matt@nomadicmatt.com.

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